After you have successfully changed your education level and completed your previous program of study at OSU or INTO OSU, you will receive a new change of level I-20 by the start of the new term which reflects your most current program information. If you are a sponsored student you must present a valid financial guarantee to our office for your new level. If you have further questions about your financial guarantee please contact our sponsored student staff by emailing:

To get your new I-20 you will be required to fill out the Financial Support E-Form to show that you have enough funding to continue at your new level. Once you do this, you will receive an email confirming when your I-20 is ready to be collected.

You will receive an email when your change of level I-20 is ready. New documents can be picked up at the Office of International Services located in University Plaza, Suite 130 during business hours, Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Important Considerations


Once your paperwork has been processed by OIS, you should use your new OSU I-20 to re-enter the United States. This new I-20 will have a travel signature.  If you are unable to pick up your new I-20 in time and your  previous I-20 is still valid and has a travel signature then you can use this to enter the US.

F-1 Visa

You will not need to apply for a new F-1 visa when requesting a change of level unless your visa has already expired and you plan to travel outside the United States. Your current F-1 visa will remain valid until its expiration date, regardless of the school name listed on it. You may use your new OSU I-20 to renew your F-1 visa. You will not need to pay the SEVIS fee again.

Please Remember

  • Attend the International Student Progressor Orientation (you will receive an email regarding the time and place of this orientation)

  • Upload your immigration documents to complete check in through

  • Register full-time for your new program

  • New change of level I-20s for Pathway students typically won’t be ready to be picked up until the second week of the new term